Here at The Rescue Kit Company, we believe small businesses are the heart and soul of the wedding industry, and it's our mission to share them with you.
Welcome to our "Short and Sweet" Series where we highlight hardworking, inspiring wedding vendors; the hidden gems doing big things in their community. As part of our mission to inform, educate, and inspire, we're helping you take the guesswork out of discovering the best in the business (we're really good at getting rid of guesswork....just ask our kits!). We believe you are only as good as the talent around you and we are excited to share our knowledge and connections!
Meet Alex Bradberry from The Sparkle Bar! We're so grateful she took a few minutes to answer some questions and share her story.
Alex Bradberry is the owner of the wildly popular makeup and beauty studio, The Sparkle Bar, a female-owned and operated business in Phoenix, AZ that specializes in makeup for weddings and events. Known for all things sparkle including professional makeup application, skincare, and their luxurious retail presence, they are among the best in the business. Here’s what she had to say...
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Mission Viejo, CA! ASU is what brought me to Arizona 😊.
How did you become interested in your line of work?
I have always loved makeup and just pretty things! So when it came to creating The Sparkle Bar, a space that celebrates all beauty by creating this atmosphere that leaves you feeling awesome, I think the pursuit of that feeling has been what drives my continued interest.
Do you work solo or with a team?
A team… an incredible team of people from artists to systems gurus… I’m super lucky that I get to work with so many incredible people.
How did you get started in the wedding industry? Do you work outside of the wedding industry as well?
We get to work with clients for all their most memorable moments, and weddings are definitely among the top reasons to pull out all the stops. Brides and weddings for sure keep us busy, and often after our brides get married they bring us along for all of life's special occasions, from family photos to company parties and everything in between. We get to create this special relationship that carries on really for life and it's super special because we get to be there for all of it.
Any mottos or quotes that you live by or that guide your work?
Yes…one we live by and really what guides us and every interaction we have…
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
Tell us your favorite wedding day story!
I mean…they’re all incredible. It's such an honor to be a fly on the wall and play such a significant part in those final few moments. I think if you asked the team they’d all have a story to share but I think overall, seeing women never feel so beautiful is my why…that confidence from within that radiates like sparkle…a literal transformation you can see with nothing more than a little blush and positivity. We get the pleasure and honor of unleashing these inner goddesses and it sounds crazy, but the ripple effect of feeling like you can do anything…really, is that anything is possible.
What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs looking to do what you do professionally?
My advice is to let your passion drive you, it must. You have to want it for more than money, so whatever it is that speaks to you and excites you to work hard enough to do it for free...then do that! And hold onto that dream, work hard and give it your all knowing that it's not going to be easy but that the journey and adventure you will go on will make it so…
Just remember when it gets hard – you can do it, put your back into it 😊.
For anyone out there looking to book your services, how can they find you?
Anyone looking to book can find us at thesparklebar.com where you can book services in person, on location, or virtually, and of course on Instagram @thesparklebar and YouTube…where the latest and greatest is getting uploaded 😊.
A giant thanks to Alex! Be sure to check her out the next time you need to get glam!
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Side note: check out our sweet collaboration with The Sparkle Bar, complete with custom lip balm!